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The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

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Argot Pictures is proud to present the US theatrical release of 'The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls' a documentary by Leanne Pooley. Winner of numerous awards, including Best Feature Documentary at New York's NewFest 2010 and the Cadillac People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009 'The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls' tells the story of the world's only comedic, singing, yodeling lesbian twin sisters, Lynda and Jools Topp, whose political activism and unique brand of

Nov 7, 2011

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (3)

With a cheeky attitude and a live-and-let-live message, the Topps are irresistible ambassadors for New Zealand, where a daft sense of humor appears to be a key natural resource.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A fond, uncomplicated love letter to two irrepressible good-time Charlottes.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Sometimes corny, often funny and just as often touching, their act has been wowing Kiwis for decades.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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One secret to the Topps' widespread acceptance is in plain sight: their remarkably old-fashioned act.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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They've been performing for 30 years and it's safe to say that if they had any appeal here, you would have heard of them by now.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Merging old-fashioned comedy routines with up-to-the-minute politics - all of it enabled by fun-loving personalities and a gift for rousing original songs - the ladies emit a genuine warmth that reels audiences in.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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These butch lesbian sibling farmers, who have a comedy singing act (acoustic country songs), are shown fighting for gay rights and surviving cancer over the decades, and they are endearing in their suits and fake moustaches.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Pooley could have been more probing in her interviews with the twins and their supporters. But the fact of the duo's success is so astounding you're gripped all the same.

February 17, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The more you learn about the twins the more of a fan you are likely to become and The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls is the very essence of a crowd-pleaser.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Jools and Linda left my giggle chain unyanked and their backstory, for all its nuance and aspects of tragedy, failed to stir my soul.

February 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Warm and charming, if hardly essential.

February 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

I cannot imagine anyone who would not like the Topp twins.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Pooley's approach is a bit paint-by-numbers, but her film is upbeat without being calculatedly feel-good.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The talent, the humor and the dedication of these amazing sisters is a gift to the world.

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Take the Indigo Girls and spice them up with some k.d. lang, Dame Edna, Minnie Pearl, the AbFabers, Monty Python and Rodney Dangerfield then apply kiwi accents and you might begin to get an idea of what the Topp Twins are like.

June 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A film that is shot straightforwardly -- to the point of being visually unimaginative -- but that benefits enormously from the overflowing charisma of its subjects.

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Although claims of their having "an extraordinary effect on people, from all walks of life" may be exaggerated, the world needs to hear these two.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

I dare you to leave without the title song firmly stuck in your head.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Press
New York Press

Given most people's unfamiliarity with New Zealand idiosyncrasies and politics, much gets lost in translation here.

May 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Terrifically entertaining documentary about New Zealand's lesbian Topp Twins and their extraordinary career is a heart-warming eye-opener that provides insights into so much more than the sexual orientation of its two remarkable subjects.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The Topp Twins' vibrantly innovative music and indefatigable personalities have a universal charm.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Probably the most joyous documentary I've ever seen. Tells a unique and fascinating story and filled with love, genuine people, and music.
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